This Lower East Side flea hosts one of Manhattan’s best collections of vendors, with more upstarts joining the fray every week. Standouts from recent years that have gotten their start at the fair include Macaron Parlour, Petee’s Pie Company, Melt Bakery, La New Yorkina, Arancini Bros and Cheeky Sandwich.
Wind your way through 50 tables hosted by neighborhood eateries at this annual downtown food festival, hosted by the Grand St. Settlement. Pile up a plate with unlimited bites, past plates have included honey-tabasco–drizzled chicken ’n’ waffles from Clinton St. Baking Company and vegetarian curry with puff pastries by Fung Tu. Once you've had your fill, test your luck in the silent auction and raffles.
The city’s oldest and largest food fair launches its 45th weekend with 15 blocks of street eats and a food-truck park. Past participants have included joints like Bali Nusa Indah and BarBacon—as well as grub from Chelsea Grill, Southern Hospitality and Poseidon Bakery. The blowout raises funds for a host of local and national charities.
Madison Square Park heats up with this annual carnivore convention. Top pit masters from across the country–Baker's Ribs in Dalls, TX; Rodney Scott's Whole Hog BBQ in Charleston, SC–and local joints like Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and Hometown Barb-B-Que will dish out wood-fired creations. Seminars, cooking demos and live music round out the festivities.
Immerse yourself in the cultural delights of the Jewish, Chinese and Puerto Rican communities of Chinatown and the Lower East Side at this block party. While Peking Opera performers and klezmer bands take the outdoor stage, you can catch free language lessons, master your mah-jongg game and, best of all, learn how to prepare empanadas, Chinese dumplings and kreplachandchallah bread. Endless grub will be available for sale.
Tracey Stewart—wife of The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart—owns this toddler-friendly Tribeca café. The main room is filled with vintage furnishings, terrariumlamps and National Geographic–decoupage–topped tables. An attached space offers an interactive "funky" forest for children and a craft room for biweekly art classes. While the little ones are learning, parents can linger over Counter Culture coffee, quiches, bagels, and sweet treats like Colson Patisserie croissants and Danny Macaroons.
Closed. BKLYN Yard is indeed a yard, one that sits beside the pungent Gowanus Canal. It's rather ramshackle, in a postindustrial-meets-bucolic sort of way. Which, in our book, makes it one of the most fun places to check out the wide range of bands and DJs—both top locals and big-name out-of-towners—that regularly play here on weekend afternoons and evenings.
The focus here is squarely on the music (ranging from techno and electro to deep house and hip hop) and building a scene. It’s hardly a revolutionary concept, but in today’s nightlife world of going for the quick buck, Love stands out from the crowd. The main room is a sparsely furnished box, but the DJ lineup is pretty impressive—the likes of the seminal Chicago house DJ Derrick Carter and Body & Soul’s Joe Claussell have graced the decks. The sound system is stunning.
Back in the ’70s, Kenny's Castaways was a kind of alternative to CBGB or the Bottom Line, hosting its share of high-profile young acts. Those days are long gone for the scruffy Village bar, though it has received a second wind courtesy of bookings from the annual Winter Jazzfest.
When it opened in 2009, this was the first LGBT bar in the borough in a decade. As Staten Island's sole gay watering hole, it has a little something for everyone, from comedy nights and go-go-boy-fueled dance parties to live music and drag performances. Bar food is available, too.
This cozy basement space hosts some of the quirkier up-and-coming comics not yet ready for the mainstage upstairs. But what's not to enjoy? Their shows are creative and cheap, the bathroom is close, and the lower bar doesn't generally require a drink minimum.
The fireplace, cozy sofas and club chairs at this rooftop bar suggest the decadent penthouse apartment you’ll probably never afford. The enclosed greenhouse and the outdoor terrace (in less frigid weather) are both ideal perches for sipping luxurious cocktails—such as the $12 Hemingway made with rum, mint and champagne—and enjoying the multimillion-dollar view of midtown’s soaring skyscrapers.